Exploring the sources of innovation: the case of Hackathon

Abstract

This paper advances the exploration of the sources of innovation through the characteristics of the objects produced. To achieve a greater openness to the un- known of innovation processes, we choose not to examine final products. While, as put by von Hippel, final products embed in their functions a value (of use or of exchange), they hide the non-deterministic nature of the process, implying that the goal was known from the beginning. Instead, we will examine poten- tial products, that means projects that have not yet concluded to the market, neither have they been used. Investigating the contributions at a Hackathon hosted by Google, we induce three categories of innovative attitude: collective intimacy, entrepreneurial thinking and technological avant-garde

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This paper was published in Okina.

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